By Sam Bridge
Dubai Sports Council has launched a new initiative - Be Fit, Be Safe - to encourage people to keep exercising at home
Dubai Sports Council has launched a new initiative - Be Fit, Be Safe - to encourage people to keep exercising at home even as gyms across the country have been temporarily closed as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Be Fit, Be Safe is an online campaign through which Dubai Sports Council is urging their followers on different social media platforms to keep exercising at home and share their home workout videos online, tagging @DubaiSC.
All gymnasiums and cinemas in Dubai were ordered to close until the end of March, following a directive issued by the emirate's Department of Economic Development (DED).
A circular issued by the Government of Dubai on Sunday said gyms, cinemas, theme parks, amusement games and electronic games centres and spring camps are to be suspended.
Dubai Sports Council has also requested those who are sharing their videos to nominate two friends to take up what is being billed as the #DSCchallenge.
Saeed Hareb, secretary general of Dubai Sports Council, said: “The main purpose of this initiative, of course, is to urge members of our community to keep working out at home, without having to go out.
“But we also want to spread positivity because there is so much concern about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. People are worried, and rightfully so. But exercising helps ease their concerns because, as we all know, being physically active increases an individual’s overall sense of wellbeing and leads to an increase in happiness.
“Of course, exercising also strengthens your immune system and a strong immune system is your best defence against illness. Exercising and staying fit, thus, becomes even more important in these circumstances.”